Sunday, March 18, 2012

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG (2012)

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a luxury grand tourer automobile developed by Mercedes-AMG to replace the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. The car is the first Mercedes automobile designed in-house by AMG and is described by Mercedes-Benz as a spiritual successor to the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing. The vehicle was unveiled at the 2009 IAA. Sales began in mid-2010 in Europe with MSRP of €177,310 (including taxes)and in the United States in mid-2011 for less than $200,000. The SLS AMG is featured as the cover car for the PlayStation 3 racing game Gran Turismo 5, and is the safety car for the Formula One seasons from 2011 to present. In the video game Forza Motorsport 4, Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear comments "This is not just the greatest car Mercedes makes; right now, I think, it's the greatest car in the world." The car is also used for the 2011 film Transformers: Dark of the Moon, as the Decepticon Soundwave.

Class                Grand tourer
Body style        2-door coupe
                          2-door roadster
Layout              Front mid-engine,
                          rear-wheel drive, Transaxle
Engine              6.2L, V8, DOHC 563 bhp
Transmission    7-speed dual-clutch semi-automatic
Wheelbase       2,680 mm (105.5 in)
Length              4,638 mm (182.6 in)
Width                1,939 mm (76.3 in)
Height Coupe:  49.3 in (1,252 mm)
Roadster:         49.7 in (1,262 mm)
Curb weight      1,620 kg (3,600 lb)
Price                  $189,600

The SLS AMG is designed to be a modern 300SL Gullwing revival by Gorden Wagener. The car has a long bonnet, the passenger compartment is close to the rear axle and the rear of the car is short. The SLS AMG has also adapted the feature of wing doors that will swing open upwards on gas struts, not in a mix of upwards and forward like the SLR. The doors must be closed manually as AMG engineers decided against auto-closing systems because the systems would have added 90 pounds (41 kg) to the car. In case of a roll-over, the doors can be fully detached to allow the occupants to leave the vehicle.


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